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India needs genetic modification technology in agriculture

Datta, S and Dhillon, BS and Gautam, PL and Karihaloo, JL and Mahadevappa, M and Mayee, CD and Padmanaban, G and Parida, A and Paroda, RS and Sharma, M and Sharma, TR and Singh, NK and Singh, RB and Sonti, RV and Tyagi, AK and Varma, A and Veluthambi, K (2019) India needs genetic modification technology in agriculture. In: Current Science, 117 (3). pp. 390-394.

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India does not have a clear stand on the release and consumption of genetically modified crops (food). The only approved crop is Bt-cotton, which has put India on the global map as a cotton exporting country. Even so, Bt-brinjal is under moratorium and GM mustard is prevented from undergoing commercial trial. All these decisions are not based on sound scientific principles. Activism against has successfully prevented exploitation of a powerful technology that can contribute to India's food and nutrition security. This article attempts to give a balanced perspective of genetic modification technology as one of the serious options to be considered on case to case basis. Ambivalence will seriously affect India's food security in the future. © 2019 Current Science Association, Bengaluru.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Current Science
Publisher: Indian Academy of Sciences
Additional Information: The copyright for this article belongs to the Authors.
Keywords: Bt-cotton; Food security; Gene editing; Genetically modified crops; Mustard
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Biochemistry
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2022 10:35
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2022 10:35
URI: https://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/77481

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